Jimmy Butler says Blake Griffin “trying to be tough” after pair exchange words, are separated

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When the 76ers needed to get a stop late in the fourth quarter to seal a win, coach Brett Brown assigned Jimmy Butler to the man at the heart of the Detroit attack, Blake Griffin

After Butler drew a charge, he started talking to Griffin, who said a few words back and kept walking, but the two had to be separated.

There’s not much there, but Butler threw a verbal elbow at Griffin during his walk-off interview on ESPN.

This is what Butler does — get under the skin of opponents. He’s relentless as a player, and he talks plenty.

Butler backed up those words scoring 38 points to spark a 117-112 win on the road.